Palmer Morrel-Samuels, MA, MPhil, PhD. (psychology) MSc in Law
Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL ( 2015-2017: MSL expected in 2017)
- Area of Specialization: Workplace Discrimination, the role of statistical evidence in court
Columbia University, Department of Psychology, NYC, NY ( 1982-1989) M.Phil, Ph.D.
- Area of Specialization: experimental social psychology
University of Chicago, Division of Social Sciences, Chicago, IL ( 1979-1980) M.A.
- Area of Specialization: research methodology in behavioral science
Goddard College, Plainfield VT, credits transferred from Dickinson College ( 1974-1976) B.A.
- Major: creative arts psychotherapy
CEO & Principal Consultant
- Employee Motivation & Performance Assessment, Inc. ( EMPA) Chelsea, MI ( 4/98-present)
Instructor ( teaching classes on survey design, statistics, and research methodology)
- Institute for Social Research, Survey Research Ctr., Summer Institute, University of Michigan ( 7/09-present)
Lecturer ( teaching classes on survey design, statistics, and research methodology)
- School of Public Health, University of Michigan ( 9/08-4/14) [ intermittent teaching on Recall Status until 2016]
- Employee discrimination, surveys & assessments, contract disputes requiring statistical analysis ( 9/03-present)
Team Director & Senior Consultant
- Hewlett-Packard, formerly EDS-Survey Services ( 8/91-11/96)
Assistant Research Scientist
- Cognitive Science & Machine Intelligence Lab, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, ( 3/93-12/99)
Adjunct Research Scientist
- National Quality Research Center, University of Michigan Business School, Ann Arbor ( 6/97-6/98)
- Computer Science Department, Watson Research Center, IBM, Yorktown, NY ( 8/86-4/87)
- Psychology Department, Yale University, New Haven, CT ( 12/81-9/82)
- Served as consultant ( ~30 years) designed & analyzed assessments for more than 7 million employees in over 70 countries
- Held managerial positions ( ~20 years) in academic, industrial, and research settings
- Lectured at Columbia University on experimental psychology, social psychology, and statistics
- Wrote and patented four web-based assessments and surveys for the workplace
- Provided survey services for corporations ( e.g., Disney, FedEx, Mars, Credit Suisse, Coke, GM, UPS, Ford, Duke Energy)
- Provided survey services for non-profits & government agencies ( e.g., US Department of Justice, Blue Cross Blue Shield)
- Provided survey services for healthcare industry ( e.g., Harvard Pilgrim HC, Pfizer, Novo Nordisk, Univ. of Michigan HS,)
- Conducted a statistical analysis of utilization rates among psychiatric patients for Billings Hospital, University of Chicago
- Interviewed by Forbes Magazine on EMPA’s National Benchmark Study™ and Benchmarks™; Forbes.Com ( 08/24/09)
- Testified to Congress on DOJ study examining the relation between working conditions, motivation, and job performance
Burns v. Interstate Brands Corporation ( AKA Hostess Bakeries); expert witness for D ( settled ~ 5/9/04)
- Ran statistical analysis of job assignments for evidence of disparate impact ( DI) and/or disparate treatment ( DT).
Tower Automotive Products v. Lamb Technicon; expert witness for D ( settled ~ 8/31/05)
- Ran statistical tests of 4 million datapoints tracking assembly-line failures in breach of contract suit.
[Corp. A] v. [ Corp. B] expert witness for D testified to ICC’s International Court of Arbitration in The Hague ( settled ~ 2/10/12)
- Analyzed psychometric properties of assessment P used to compute monetary damages in breach of contract suit.
Scott v. City of Indianapolis; expert witness on behalf of the Ps ( settled ~ 7/19/12)
- Ran statistical analysis of data from Human Resources Information System ( HRIS) to evaluate Ps’ claim of DI based on race.
- Withstood Daubert challenge: 3-25-2010 US District Court, S.D. IN, Indianapolis Division.
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO v. United States Postal Service; expert witness for P ( settled ~ 3/7/13)
- Ran statistical analysis of 111 postal workers who did or did not receive letter of intent regarding job relocation, for DI analysis
EEOC v. Bass Pro Inc.; expert witness for P and the EEOC ( settled ~ 3/4/2014)
- Designed a cross-validated assessment for verifying race of several hundred job applicants to remediate exclusion of P’s expert
Sweeney v. Washington Board of Pilotage; expert witness for P ( settled ~ 10/1/14)
- Ran statistical tests of 1.03 million datapoints from pilot’s licensing test for evidence of sex discrimination
Cardelle et al. v. Miami Fraternal Order of Police; expert witness for P ( settled ~ 11/25/2015)
- Ran statistical tests of 221K datapoints from pension payments & HRIS for evidence of age discrimination
Grevera v. Microsoft Inc.; expert witness for P ( settled ~ 8/29/14)
- Ran statistical tests of 4.9 million datapoints from job evaluations & HRIS for evidence of sex discrimination
- Withstood Daubert Challenge ( details sealed).
EEOC v. FAPS; expert witness for P and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( still in litigation)
- Designed and implemented a cross-validated assessment for determining race of 900 job applicants by mail, for DI analysis
- Withstood Daubert challenge: 9-26-14 US District Court, District of NJ
US v. City of Jacksonville [ FL]; expert witness for D ( still in litigation)
- Ran statistical tests of 179 million datapoints from promotion exams & HRIS for evidence of disparate impact
- Withstood 3 Daubert challenges ( one written by Asst. AG of US): 6-9-15 US Dist. Ct., M.D. FL, Jacksonville Div
- 1Morrel-Samuels, P. ( 1990). John Bulwer's 1644 treatise on gesture. Semiotica, 79, 341-353.
- Morrel-Samuels, P., & Krauss, R. ( 1992). Word familiarity predicts temporal asynchrony between gesture and speech. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 18, ( 3) 615-622.
- Morrel-Samuels, P., ( 4/1/96) U.S. Patent No. 5,743,742 “System for Measuring Leadership Effectiveness.”
- Morrel-Samuels, P., ( 8/18/98) U.S. Patent No. 5,795,155 “Leadership Assessment Tool and Method.”
- Morrel-Samuels, P., ( 12/28/99) U.S. Patent No. 6,007,340 “Method and System for Measuring Leadership Effectiveness.”
- Morrel-Samuels, P., ( 10/24/01) U.S. Patent No. 60/346,249 & 7,593,861 “Employee Assessment Tool”
- Morrel-Samuels, P. An objective measure of performance linked to employee motivation. In M. Cronin ( Chair) Intex: A system for evaluating performance at INS. Briefing to staff and elected officials of US Congress, Wash. DC ( 6/30/98).
- Morrel-Samuels, P. ( 2002) Getting the truth into workplace surveys. Harvard Business Review, 80 ( 2) 111-118.
- Morrel-Samuels, P. ( 2003) Web surveys’ hidden hazards. Harvard Business Review, 81 ( 7) 16-17.
- Morrel-Samuels, P. & Goldman, E., ( 2007) Who, what, and where: Guidelines for the statistical analysis of disparate impact in EEO litigation, Docket, 25, ( 2), pp. 54-74.
- Morrel-Samuels, P., & Jacobson, P. J. ( 2008, March). Using statistical evidence to prove causality to non-statisticians. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Jacksonville, FL.
- Morrel-Samuels, P., Francis, E., & Shucard, S. ( 2009) Merged datasets: An analytic tool for evidence-based management,
- Morrel-Samuels, P., ( 2010, March) Distinguishing reverse discrimination from overcorrection: Statistical methods for clarifying this neglected distinction and why it matters. Paper for American Psychology-Law Society, Vancouver, Canada.
- Fritz, C., Curtin, J., Poitevineau, J., Tao, F., & Morrel-Samuels, P. ( 2012). Player preferences among new and old violins. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109 ( 3) 760-763.
- Morrel-Samuels, P. & Goldman, E., ( 2014) Workplace assessments: Thirteen ways to invite litigation and thirteen ways to avoid it. Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, Washington DC.
- Morrel-Samuels, P. ( 2014) Using graphs in business, law, and public health to facilitate analysis of trends, impacts, and linkages. Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, Washington DC.
- Morrel-Samuels, P ( 2015) True or False: The Ricci Decision was Illogical and Problematic. Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Nuremburg, 8/4/15.
- Who’s Who in Science and Engineering ( second edition, 1994-1995)
- Faculty Fellowship, Department of Psychology, Columbia University ( 1982-1987)
- Scholarship, French Ministry of Education & Université de la Source, Orleans, France ( 1967)
- American Psychology-Law Society
- Society for Empirical Legal Studies
- Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists ( SIOP)
- Society for Public Health Education
- Association for Psychological Science ( Charter Member)
- Amer. Assn. for Public Opinion Research
University of Michigan - School of Public Health